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The Eisenhower Locks of the St. Lawrence Seaway in Massena. New York is pushing for tougher ballast regulations to help stop the spread of invasive species in New York waters.

The Eisenhower Locks of the St. Lawrence Seaway in Massena. New York is pushing for tougher ballast regulations to help stop the spread of invasive species in New York waters.

Celebrity guest athlete, Glen Plake will be the featured guest for the evening’s events. Plake, who has appeared in many of Warren Millers ski movies, is an international skiing sensation. His trademark is a tall, multicolored spike hairdo. Plake is renowned for his flashy skiing style, which will likely be on exhibit at a local hill, as he enjoys the local ski scene.

His visit is sponsored by Julbo, a premier manufacturer of glacier and fashion sun glasses. Other sponsors supporting the event and providing raffle items for Saturday evenings event include Back Country Ski magazine, Dynafit, Primaloft, Voile-USA, Marmot, Madshus, Garmont, Scarpa, Mammut, G3, and adkbcski.com. Guided ski tours and back country ski clinics will be offered by Cloudsplitter Mountain Guides of Keene Valley, and on the snow demos will be available from 10 to 2:30 on Saturday. Plake will be on site for telemark, skinning and avalanche beacon clinics. The location of the demo event will be announced on prior to the event. For further information and registration, please contact The Mountaineer at 576-2281 or visit www.mountaineer.com for further details.

Foreign Invaders

Although both US and Canadian federal environmental protection organizations had previously ratified a set of strict, new standards developed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) convention, the international standards were not good enough for New York state.

The IMO measures were developed to require all international seagoing vessels to install standard systems of treatment to prevent ballast water from introducing exotic, invasive species into U.S. or Canadian waters, when the ships’ ballast tanks are discharged. Ships will discharge ballast water in order to change the ship’s draft and regulate stability, and often the ballast will include a host of foreign organisms.

However, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation sought to impose stricter ballast treatment requirements than the IMO convention standards.

Joe Hackett is a guide and sportsman residing in Ray Brook. Contact him at brookside18@adelphia.net.

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